Monday, September 1, 2014

5 Outdoor Attractions in Portland (And They're Dog Friendly!)

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Portland Oregon
Portland's Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
Portland, Oregon can be a little chilly and a little rainy.  While these characteristics can sometimes make it gloomy and somewhat unpleasant to be outside, they are also key in making Portland’s outdoor attractions green and beautiful.  Visitors to Portland will want to visit some of these outdoor gems, and people traveling with their furry companions will be happy to learn that many of Portland’s outdoor attractions are dog friendly.  Here are five of our favorite dog friendly outdoor attractions from our visit to Portland. 
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Catalina Island: Six Degrees of Separation from Hollywood

Avalon Catalina Island
Catalina Island, Hollywood's playground.
It stands to reason that Catalina Island would have seen a lot of Hollywood history.  Catalina Island is within easy traveling distance from Los Angeles after all.  It’s even part of Los Angeles County.  But before we toured the Catalina Island Museum I had no idea how much Hollywood history had touched Catalina Island.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Set a Course for Kauai Lagoons Golf Club

By Romeo Belarmino

Kiele Moana Hole 7 Kauai Lagoons Golf Club Hawaii

A common question asked during a round of golf is, “How long you been playin’?”  I like to say my game is of legal drinking age.  So, as a seasoned golfer, I have mastered the art of the excuse after a mediocre round on a fantastic course.  My handicaps for this particular round of golf at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club were as follows:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Luxury Accommodations with a Unique Spin

Throughout our travels Romeo and I have stayed in quite a mix of accommodations.  We have rested our heads in little bed and breakfasts, historical hotels, dog friendly motels, thatched-roof cabanas and luxury resorts.  During our recent stay at Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons we were spoiled with island luxury and it got me thinking about experiencing other luxury accommodations with a unique spin.  Here are a couple unique luxury resorts I’ve found that I’d love to visit.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek Blue Canteen Montana

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Three H Towns of Denmark’s Nordsjælland

Travel the World at Frederiksborg Castle Hillerød Denmark

Nordsjælland, or North Zealand, is the area of Denmark just north of Copenhagen and Roskilde.  This area is popular with day trippers from Copenhagen as there are a number of famous and important attractions.  We visited Nordsjælland’s three H towns, Hillerød, Helsingør, and Humlebæk for castles, history, and art. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Finding Fun and Friends at Belize’s Cerros Beach Resort

Lounging by Corozal Bay at Cerros Beach Resort Belize
Lounging on the shores of Corozal Bay at Cerros Beach Resort.
Have you ever had an experience while traveling that kind of changed your life?  Not something huge like finding your soul mate or losing a limb.  Rather a tiny experience that you never would have seen coming, never would have thought would make a difference, but that you remembered forever.  We had such an experience when we stayed at Cerros Beach Resort in Belize and met Bill and Jennifer Bellerjeau. 

So what drew me to Cerros Beach Resort in the first place?  The description in my Lonely Planet Belize guidebook caught my attention.  First of all, it said Cerros Beach Resort was the authors’ “new favorite spot in northern Belize.”  You can’t argue with favorite.  Then it described thatched-roof cabanas in local style along the shore of Corozal Bay.  I’m a sucker for cabanas and ocean views.  Then there was the part about the owner being a former pastry chef from Miami who makes the best ceviche and chocolate cake in the world.  As you know, I love food.  Oh, and then there was the price; $40 per night (rates are $40 to $60 depending on the time of year). 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Two Epic Hikes Along Kauai's Na Pali Coast

Kalalau Trail Na Pali Coast Hike Kauai Hawaii
Na Pali Coast views from the 1/4 mile marker of the Kalalau Trail.
Kauai is a nature lover’s paradise.  Travelers to Kauai will spend very little if any time indoors during the day and instead will be exploring the great outdoors.  Kauai’s outdoor activities include snorkeling, fishing, golfing, kayaking, swimming, hiking and more.  We love hiking in Hawaii, and Kauai has two epic Na Pali Coast hikes for active travelers to enjoy.